Healthier Chocolate and Date Brownie (Bill Granger)

Serves 25
104 calories each

Ingredients: 

  • 140g unsalted butter
  • 140g pitted dates, finely chopped
  • 60g good quality cocoa powder
  • 90g wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 95g brown sugar
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 1 tsp natural vanilla extract


Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees CELSIUS (sorry guys, I’m an Aussie)
  2. Lightly grease a 20cm square baking tin and line the base with baking paper
  3. Melt the butter in a small saucepan, add the chopped dates, take off the heat and leave to stand for 10 minutes
  4. Sift the cocoa powder, flour and baking powder together into a large mixing bowl
  5. Add the brown sugar and stir to combine
  6. In another bowl, whisk the eggs and vanilla together, then stir in the dates and butter
  7. Add to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined
  8. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 20 minutes or until set
  9. Turn out and cool on a wire rack, then cut into squares 

muffintop-less:

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(Source: beccaliving, via fitbody-strongmind)

crown-of-beauty:

Simple Whole Wheat Tortillas

2 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour (and extra for dusting surface)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2/3 cup very warm water (or more, it varies) 
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until dough becomes firm (not sticky or wet.) Add flour and water as needed.
Roll dough into approx. 16 balls-about an inch and a half to two inches in diameter.
Dust surface, flatten tortilla in hand with a bit of flour.
Using a rolling pin, roll out tortillas into large, thin circles-about 6 inches in diameter. (If they start getting sticky, dust tortillas and surface with more flour.)
Heat on high (about 450 degrees) and cook each side for about two minutes. (When they bubble and rise, you should flip them.)
Place the remaining tortillas in a gallon size ziplock bag in the fridge.
To reheat, you can heat both sides on a skillet until warm.
*Nutritional Facts:(serving size: 1) 
Calories: approx. 85 Total Fat: 2 g Sodium:  72 mgTotal Carbohydrate: 13.75 gDietary Fiber: 1.8 gProtein: 2.5 g 

crown-of-beauty:

Simple Whole Wheat Tortillas

  • 2 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour (and extra for dusting surface)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2/3 cup very warm water (or more, it varies) 
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until dough becomes firm (not sticky or wet.) Add flour and water as needed.
  2. Roll dough into approx. 16 balls-about an inch and a half to two inches in diameter.
  3. Dust surface, flatten tortilla in hand with a bit of flour.
  4. Using a rolling pin, roll out tortillas into large, thin circles-about 6 inches in diameter. (If they start getting sticky, dust tortillas and surface with more flour.)
  5. Heat on high (about 450 degrees) and cook each side for about two minutes. (When they bubble and rise, you should flip them.)
  6. Place the remaining tortillas in a gallon size ziplock bag in the fridge.
  7. To reheat, you can heat both sides on a skillet until warm.

*Nutritional Facts:
(serving size: 1) 

Calories: approx. 85 
Total Fat: 2 g 
Sodium:  72 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 13.75 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.8 g
Protein: 2.5 g 

Wholegrain Zucchini Apple Bread



Serves 10
113 calories per 3/4 inch slice

Ingredients: 

  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 and 1/4 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup spelt flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon, ground 
  • 1/4 tsp fine seat salt
  • 2/3 cup apple, grated
  • 1 cup zucchini, grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yoghurt
  • 1/4 cup raw honey


Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit
  2. Mist an 8 x 4 inch or 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; then set aside
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together apple, zucchini, egg, yoghurt and honey
  5. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and fold until just combined
  6. Spread batter into prepared pan and bake until golden brown - 40 to 45 minutes 

Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread



Serves 12
182 calories per slice

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 and 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed with a fork
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1/4 cup safflower oil
  • 1/3 cup chopped dark chocolate
  • Olive oil cooking spray, optional


Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, flaxseed and salt
  3. In a large bowl, wind a hand mixer, beat bananas until smooth
  4. Add egg whites and beat until combined
  5. Gradually mix in applesauce, honey and safflower oil
  6. Mix dry ingredients into banana mixture and stir in chocolate
  7. Mist a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray
  8. Poor batter into pan and bake for 45 minutes, or until browned on top

Toasted Sweet & Hot Walnut Fruit Salad



Serves 4
120 calories per serving

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pint strawberries, halved
  • 3 oz raspberries
  • 1/2 mango, chopped
  • 1 kiwi, sliced
  • 1 nectarine, chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp raw honey
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped


Method:

  1. Combine fruit in a large bowl
  2. Preheat broiler to high
  3. In a small bowl, stir together honey, 1 tbsp hot water and cayenne; then add walnuts and mix until well coated
  4. Spread walnuts onto a cookie sheet
  5. Broil for 2 to 3 minutes, watching to avoid burning
  6. Add walnuts to bowl of fruit and stir

Purple Sweet Potato Latkes

Serves 4
1 potato latke + 1 tbsp salsa + 1 tbsp yoghurt: 100 calories 

Ingredients:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tbsp whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground red pepper flakes or ground red pepper spice
  • 2 medium purple sweet potatoes, peeled and shredded (1 cup)
  • 1/3 cup canned whole kernel corn (no added sugar), drained and rinsed
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 4 tbsp low-sodium salsa
  • 4 tbsp nonfat Greek yoghurt

Method:

  1. In a large bowl, beat together egg, egg white, flour, salt, black pepper and red pepper
  2. Mix in potatoes, corn and onions
  3. Mist a medium skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium
  4. Add 1/4 potato mixture to pan and, using a spatula, gently press into a patty
  5. Repeat with remaining batter
  6. Cook 4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown
  7. To serve, top each patty with 1 tbsp salsa and/or a tbsp yoghurt

Avocado Pesto





Serves 4
41 calories per 1 tbsp serving

Ingredients:

  • 5 ripe avocados, pitted and peeled
  • 1/2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tbsp chili flakes
  • 1 bunch basil, stems removed 
  • 2 oz unsalted pine nuts
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste


Method:

  1. In a food processors, puree all ingredients
  2. Add cold water as needed to adjust to your preferred texture and thickness